Welsh Submitted Names

Welsh names are used in the country of Wales in Britain. See also about Welsh names.
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ABERFAfWelsh
Means "from the mouth of the river" in Welsh.
ABERTHAfWelsh
Means "sacrifice" in ancient Welsh.
ADDAmWelsh
Welsh form of Adam.
ADWENfWelsh, Cornish
Welsh name, in which the second element is gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed". It was borne by a Cornish saint, considered to be "the Cornish Saint Dwynwen" as a patron of sweethearts. The village of Advent near Camelford is named after her.
AEDDmWelsh, Irish
From the Irish aedh "fire". This name was borne by a king of Ireland.
AELHAEARNmWelsh
Derived from Welsh ael meaning "(eye)brow" and haearn "iron". This was the name of a 7th-century saint.
AELODmMedieval English, Welsh
Combination of Anglo-Saxon elements ael meaning "hall, temple" and Auð meaning "wealth, fortune."
AELWENfWelsh
Derived from Welsh ael "brow" and gwen "white; fair; blessed". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
AERESfWelsh (Modern, Rare)
Allegedly directly taken from Welsh aeres "heiress".
AFANmWelsh, Medieval Welsh
The name of a river in South Wales, usually Anglicized as Avon or Avan, presumably derived from Celtic *abon- "river" (making it a cognate of Afon). It was also borne by a 6th-century Welsh saint.
ALAWfWelsh
Directly taken from Welsh alaw "melody, tune; lily".
ALAWNmWelsh
Derived from Welsh alaw meaning "melody, harmony" (see Alaw). This was the name of an early bard, said to be one of the three founders of druidism.
ALWENfWelsh
Adoption of the name of a Welsh river in Clwyd. The origin and meaning of this river's name are uncertain; current theories, however, include a derivation from Proto-Celtic *al(aun)o- "nourishing".
AMLODDmWelsh (Rare), Welsh Mythology
Variant of Amlawdd, derived from the Welsh intensifying prefix an-/am- and llawdd "praise". In Welsh myth he is the father of Eigyr (Igraine) and therefore the grandfather of King Arthur... [more]
AMRANWENfWelsh (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Welsh amrant "eyelid" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". It is also the Welsh name for the medicinal herb known as German chamomile in English.
ANEIRAfWelsh
Feminine form of Aneirin, also considered a combination of Welsh an, an intensifying prefix, and eira "snow" (see Eira), with the intended meaning of "much snow" or "very snowy". It was first used in the late 19th century.
ANESTfWelsh
Welsh form of Agnes.
ANNESTfWelsh
Variant of Anest.
ANNWYLfWelsh
Means "dear" or "beloved" in Welsh.
ARFONmWelsh
From an ancient name for the region of North West Gwynedd, derived from Welsh ar "opposite" and Môn "Anglesey". This has been used as a given name since the late 19th century.
ARGELmWelsh
Means "refuge" in Welsh.
ARIANELLfWelsh
Derived from Welsh arian "silver" and Middle Welsh gell "yellow" (which apparently also carried the connotations of "shining", ultimately going back to Proto-Celtic *gelwo- "yellow; white", compare Old Irish gel(o) white; fair; shining").... [more]
ARIANWENfMedieval Welsh, Welsh
Derived from Welsh arian "silver" and gwen "white; fair; blessed". According to legend, Arianwen verch Brychan was the daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog and later went on to become a saint herself.
ARNALLmWelsh
Variant of Arnold.
ARVILmWelsh
Variant of Arvel, possibly meaning "wept over".
ARWENfWelsh
Feminine form of Arwyn. Its adoption in the late 19th century may have been influenced by the ancient Welsh name Arianwen.
ARWENNAfWelsh
Variant of Arwen.
AURONmWelsh
Form Welsh 'Au-' - "honorable", and '-on' - suffix meaning "to end" or "noble sacrifice". 'Aur' - can also mean "golden".... [more]
AWELfWelsh
Welsh word meaning wind, breeze. Although it's a feminine noun, it's also sometimes been used as a male name, possibly because of its similarity to Arwel.... [more]
AWENfBreton, Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh and Breton awen "muse; (poetic) inspiration; poetic gift", ulitmately from the Indo-European root *-uel "to blow (wind)". As a given name it has been used since the 19th century.
BAGLENmWelsh
From St. Baglen.
BARRImWelsh
Means "summit" in Welsh.
BARUCmWelsh
Baruc was a 6th century Welsh saint.... [more]
BECAfWelsh
Welsh short form of REBECA
BEDOmWelsh
Diminutive of Maredudd.
BENEDmWelsh
Welsh form of Benedictus (see Benedict).
BERIANmWelsh
From the place name in Pembrokeshire.
BETSANfWelsh
Welsh diminutive of Elizabeth.
BLEIDDmWelsh
Means "wolf" in Welsh.
BOBIf & mEnglish (Rare), Welsh
Variant of Bobby.
BROCHWELmWelsh
From the old Welsh name Brochfael, in which the second element is mael "prince". This was the name of a legendary Welsh king who gave land to Saint Melangell.
BRYCHANmWelsh
Old Welsh name derived from brych "speckled, freckled" combined with a diminutive suffix. Brychan Brycheiniog is a Welsh folk hero who gave his name to Brecon in mid-Wales. He was reputedly an Irishman by birth and is said to have fathered 36 saints... [more]
BRYTHONWENfWelsh (Rare)
Combination of Brython and the suffix gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed".
BUDDUGfWelsh
Derived from Welsh budd "profit, advantage". It is a cognate of Boudicca, the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni (a Celtic people) who is known as Buddug in Welsh, and is sometimes considered a Welsh equivalent of Victoria.
CADANmWelsh
Welsh cad = battle
CADOGmWelsh
Variant of Cadoc.
CADWALADRmWelsh
Original Welsh form of Cadwalader.
CADWALLADERmMedieval Welsh (Anglicized), Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Cadwaladr. This spelling occurs in Shakespeare's 'Henry V'.... [more]
CAINfWelsh
Means "beautiful, fair" in Welsh. This was the name of a 5th-century saint.
CAIOmWelsh
Diminutive of Cai. The name coincides with Caio or Caeo, the name of a village in the county of Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales.
CALANmWelsh
Welsh, meaning "start of the month or year, a beginning." In Wales, Calan Gauaf or Calan Gaeaf is the name given to Halloween/Samhain, literally meaning "the eve of the coming of winter."
CARIADfWelsh
Directly taken from Welsh cariad "love, affection; darling, sweetheart". This name is borne by British comedian Cariad Lloyd.
CARIANmWelsh
Variant of Ceri.
CARRONfWelsh
Variant of Caron.
CARWENfWelsh
Feminine form of Carwyn.
CAYOmWelsh
From a parish in Carmethenshire.
CEDWYNmWelsh
From St. Cedwyn.
CELYNWENfWelsh (Rare)
Combination of Welsh celyn "holly" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
CENNYDDmWelsh
Welsh cognate of Kenneth. 6th-century Saint Cennydd was allegedly the son of Gildas the Monk.
CENWYNmWelsh
From wyn meaning, "blessed" or "white."
CEREDIGmWelsh
From the place Ceredigion.
CLEDmWelsh
Diminutive of Cledwyn.
CREIRWYfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "token of the egg", and in effect "mundane egg", from Welsh creir "a token, jewel, sacred object" and wy "egg". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she was a daughter of Ceridwen.
CRWYSmWelsh
Meaning, "cross."
CYBImWelsh
Possibly derived from Celtic *kob(o)- "victory". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint who founded Caergybi (the Welsh name for Holyhead).
CYNANmWelsh
Welsh cognate of Conan.
CYNDDELWmWelsh
Welsh name of uncertain origin, perhaps from an Old Celtic element meaning "high, exalted" combined with Welsh or Old Celtic delw "image, effigy".
CYNFAWRmWelsh
Welsh cognate of CONOMOR
CYNOGmWelsh
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include a derivation from Welsh cyn "chief" and the diminutive suffix -og. Saint Cynog was allegedly a son of Brychan Brycheiniog.
DAFFNIfWelsh
Welsh form of Daphne.
DARRENmWelsh
From the Welsh tarren meaning "burnt land."
DEILWENfWelsh
Means "white leaves" from Welsh dail "leaves" (singulative deilen) combined with gwen "white, fair, blessed".
DEIOmWelsh
Short form of Dafydd.
DELfWelsh
Welsh, meaning "pretty". A modern Welsh name.... [more]
DELWENfWelsh (Rare)
Derived from Welsh del "pretty" and gwen "white; fair; blessed".
DERECmWelsh
Variant of Derek.
DERFELmWelsh
Derived from Welsh derw "oak" and mael "prince".
DERIm & fWelsh
From Welsh derw meaning "oak."
DERWENmWelsh
From Welsh derw meaning "oak" and wyn meaning "fair, white, blessed."
DILLWYNmWelsh
Variant of Dilwyn.
DRUDWENfWelsh (Modern)
Means "starling" in Welsh, presumably derived from the element drud "precious, dear, expensive" combined with gwen "fair, white, blessed". It was coined in the "latter 20th century".
DWYNWENfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Possibly from the name of the Celtic god of love, Dwyn combined with the Welsh element gwyn "blessed, white, fair"; or derived from Welsh dwyn "to lead (a life)", in which case it means "to a lead a blessed life"... [more]
DYDDANWYfWelsh (Modern, Rare)
Possibly derived from Welsh diddanwch meaning "delight".
DYFANmWelsh
The name of an obscure 2nd-century Welsh saint.
DYFEDmWelsh
Region of Wales.
DYFImWelsh
River in north Wales.
DYFRImWelsh
Name of a river in Wales.
DYFRIGmWelsh
Welsh form of Dubricius, derived from Celtic *dubro "dark, unclean" (source of Welsh dŵr "water") and *r-g- "king". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh saint... [more]
EBRILLfWelsh
Welsh form of April.
EDMWNTmWelsh
Welsh form of Edmund.
EDRENmWelsh
Variant of the name Edrin, a Gaelic name coming from the root Aed, so it is related to the Irish name Aidan. There is a Welsh saint called Edren, and the name was not uncommon in Wales and Scotland.
EDRYDmWelsh
Means "descent" or "restoration" in Welsh.
EFROGmWelsh
Variation of Ebraucus or York.
EIGRAfWelsh (Rare)
Probably a variant of Eigr. This is borne by the Welsh writer Eigra Lewis Roberts (1939-).
EILIANmWelsh
Welsh form of Aelian.... [more]
EILIRf & mWelsh
Derived from Welsh eilir "butterfly; regneration; spring".
EIRIANNAfWelsh
Elaborated form of the Welsh name "Eirian." Means "bright, beautiful."
EIRIANWENfWelsh
From Welsh eirian "shining, bright" and gwen "holy, white, pure".
EIRWYNmWelsh
Means "white snow" in Welsh.
ELANfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
One of the daughters of Dôn, a type of mother goddess and the Welsh equivalent of Irish Danu, in Welsh mythology. ... [more]
ELENIDfWelsh
Variant of Elenydd.
ELENYDDfWelsh
Means "area adjoining the Elan". It is the name of an upland area in west-central Wales.
ELFYNmWelsh
Welsh form of Aelfwine. A famous namesakes is Welsh rally driver Elfyn Evans.... [more]
ELGANmWelsh
From the Welsh intensifying prefix el- combined with Welsh can "bright".
ELGARmVarious, Welsh
Variant of Algar.... [more]
ELIDURmWelsh (Archaic)
Old Welsh name, the second element likely deriving from Welsh dur "steel" but the first element being of uncertain meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Elidur was the name of a king of Britain... [more]
ELIDYRmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of Elidir (see Elidur). This form appears in the legend of 'Culhwch and Olwen' belonging to one of Arthur's knights: Elidyr Gyvarwydd.
ELWENmCornish, Welsh
Possibly a form of Elouan
ELYSTANmWelsh
Welsh form of Æðelstan.
ENLLIfWelsh
Welsh feminine name taken from Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island in English) which is a small island off the Llŷn Peninsula in North West Wales. Enlli itself means "in the currents"... [more]
ERWAINfWelsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh erwain "meadowsweet".
ERYLf & mWelsh
From Welsh eryl meaning "watcher" or "lookout" (originally "hunt"), derived from ar, an intensifying prefix, and hyl "a hunt". In regular use since the 1920s, though infrequently... [more]
ETHNIfWelsh
Welsh adoption of Eithne.
EURDDOLENfWelsh
Means "golden ring", derived from the Welsh elements aur "gold" and dolen "ring". It is sometimes interpreted as the Welsh form of Goldilocks ("golden ringlets, curls").
EURGAINfWelsh
Derived from Welsh aur "gold" (penult form eur) and cain "splendid".
EURIONmWelsh
From the Welsh aur meaning, "gold."
EUROSmWelsh
Comes from the Welsh for gold.
EVANNAfWelsh, Irish, Scottish, English
Feminine form of EVAN. Alternatively, it could be derived from an Irish word meaning "young warrior" or a Scottish word meaning "right handed; strong."
EYNONmWelsh
Variant of Einion.
FALMAIfWelsh
Variant of Valmai.
FELMAIfWelsh
Variant of Valmai.
FFILImWelsh
The son of Saint Cenydd... [more]
FYCHANmWelsh
Means "small" in Welsh.
GAERmWelsh
Gaer is derived from the Welsh word 'caer' meaning 'castle, fortress.'
GAYNAfWelsh, English
From the name Gaynor, meaning "white, smooth, soft, gentle".
GERWYNmWelsh
Means "rough and white" in Welsh.
GETHYNmWelsh
Variant of Gethin.
GLAINfWelsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh glain "jewel". This name has been used since the 1920s.
GLANMORmWelsh
From the words glan (clean) and mor (great).
GLENDORAfWelsh
Presumably a feminine form of Glendower.
GLESNIfWelsh
Means "greenness, verdure; youthfulness" in Welsh.
GOUGHmWelsh (Rare), Irish (Rare)
Welsh: nickname for a red-haired person, from Welsh coch ‘red’.... [more]
GRIFFmEnglish, Welsh
Short form of Griffin or Griffith.
GRISIALm & fWelsh
Directly taken from Welsh grisial "crystal". This name has been in use since the late 19th century.
GRUGfWelsh
Directly taken from Welsh grug "heather".
GWAINEmWelsh, Arthurian Romance
Variant of Gawain. Gwaine is a character on the BBC television series 'Merlin', meant to represent the Gawain of Arthurian legend.
GWALCHGWYNmWelsh (Archaic)
Combination of the Welsh elements gwalch "hawk" and gwyn "white, fair, blessed."
GWANWYNfWelsh
Directly taken from Welsh gwanwyn "springtime".
GWAUNmWelsh
Means "health" in Welsh.
GWAWRDDYDDfWelsh (Rare)
Derived from Welsh gwawr "dawn" and dydd "day".
GWENALLTmWelsh
The bardic name of the 20th-century Welsh scholar, critic and poet David James Jones (1899-1968), in whose case it meant "fair wood" from Welsh gwen "white, fair, blessed" and allt "wood, small forest"... [more]
GWENDDYDDfWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "holy day" or "white day" in Welsh. In early Welsh tradition this is the name of Myrddin's sister. Geoffrey of Monmouth calls her Ganieda.
GWENEIRAfWelsh
Variant of Gwyneira; from the Welsh elements gwen "white, blessed" combined with eira "snow".
GWENERfWelsh
This name is the Welsh form of VENUS, referring to the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty.... [more]
GWENFAIRfWelsh
Derived from Welsh gwen "fair; white; blessed" combined with the name Mair (compare Mairwen).
GWENFFRWDf & mWelsh (Rare)
From a Welsh place name meaning "white stream".
GWENGADmWelsh (Archaic)
Old Welsh male name, from gwyn "white, fair, blessed" and cad "battle".
GWENLIANfEnglish (Rare), Welsh (Rare)
Anglicized form as well as a Welsh variant of Gwenllian.
GWENNANfWelsh
Younger form of Gwennant, itself derived from the Welsh elements gwen "white, fair, blessed" and nant "stream". This name was borne by a daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog.
GWENNOfWelsh
Diminutive of Gwenllian and other names beginning with Gwen, used independently since the 19th century. It coincides with the medieval Welsh name for the planet Venus (literally "little white one" or "little bright one")... [more]
GWENOGfWelsh
Old Welsh diminutive of Gwen. This was the name of an obscure early Welsh saint. It was mentioned in J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series of books as the name of a witch, Gwenog Jones.
GWENONWYfWelsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh gwenonwy "lily of the valley". In local folklore this was the name of King Arthur's sister; Maen Gwenonwy, a large rock off Porth Cadlan in Gwynedd, Wales, is named for her.... [more]
GWENTmWelsh
After the county in south Wales.
GWENYDDfWelsh
Means "joy" in Welsh. It has been used in Wales since the mid-19th century.... [more]
GWERNFYLfWelsh
Means "alder tree" in Welsh.
GWILImWelsh
After the name of a river in Carmarthenshire.
GWIONmWelsh Mythology, Welsh
Possibly related to the Welsh element gwyn meaning "fair, blessed". This was the original name of Taliesin, a legendary bard, before he was cast into the "cauldron of knowledge", after which he became Taliesin, bard and seer.
GWYARf & mWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Old Welsh name meaning "gore" or "spilled blood, bloodshed"; but its more general meaning is "flow, fluidity".... [more]
GWYLANfWelsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh gwylan "seagull". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
GWYNDAFmCeltic, Welsh
Celtic saint name.
GWYNFAfWelsh (Rare)
Feminine form of Gwynfor.
GWYNLAISmWelsh
From the name of the river in Glamorgan.
GWYNNOmWelsh
Name of a Celtic Christian saint, apparently from Gwynn- (first part of compound names beginning with Welsh gwyn "white, fair, holy", e.g. Gwynoro, Gwynlliw) + diminutive suffix -o (cf... [more]
GWYNOROmWelsh
Derived from the Welsh element gwyn "white, fair, blessed" combined with gawr "shout" or gorŵydd "steed" or gwared "deliverance, relief". This was the name of an early Welsh saint... [more]
HAFRENfWelsh
Modern Welsh form of Habren, the original Old Welsh name of the River Severn, which is of unknown meaning (see Sabrina).
HAFWENfWelsh
Combination of Welsh haf "summer" and gwen "white; fair; blessed". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
HARYSmWelsh
Variant of Harris.
HAULWENfWelsh
Feminine form of Haulwyn.
HAULWYNmWelsh (Rare)
Derived from Welsh elements haul meaning "sun" and gwyn meaning "white, fair, blessed."
HEDDm & fWelsh
Means "peace" in Welsh.
HEDDUSfWelsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh heddus "peaceful, pacific, tranquil".
HEINImWelsh
Means "sprightly" in Welsh.
HWMFFREmWelsh
Welsh form of Humphrey.
HYWYNmWelsh (Rare)
Diminutive of Hywel. A notable bearer of this name was Saint Hywyn (d. 516) who founded Aberdaron in Gwynedd, Wales and was a patron of churches in Western England.
IAUmWelsh
Welsh form of Jupiter.
IESUmTheology, Welsh
Latin vocative and Welsh form of Jesus.
IFANWYfWelsh
Feminine form of Ifan, using the suffix wy meaning "river". This is a modern Welsh name.
IFORmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Archaic variant of Ivor, or perhaps a variant of Ifan. It was borne by the Welsh historical figure Ifor Bach ("Little Ifor") who may have been based on a folk character known as Little John, which supports the latter etymology... [more]
IŴLmWelsh
Welsh form of Julius.
INDEGfWelsh (Rare), Welsh Mythology
Possibly derived from Welsh un "one" and teg "beautiful; fair".
IORATHmWelsh
Variant of Iorwerth.
IORImWelsh
Diminutive of Iorwerth.
IORWENfWelsh (Rare)
Likely a feminine form of Iorwerth, formed from the Welsh elements iôr "lord, ruler" and gwen "white, fair, blessed".
IRFONmWelsh
Comes from the name of a river near Builth Wells.
JACmWelsh
Variant of Jack.
JOSEFFmWelsh
Welsh form of Joseph.
KYFFINmWelsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Cyffin.
KYNANmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Possibly a form of Kynon, the legendary son of Clydno in the Mabinogion. Means "Chief."
LAUDATUSmLate Roman, Welsh (Latinized)
Derived from Latin laudatus meaning "praised, lauded, commended, esteemed", which is ultimately derived from Latin laudo meaning "to praise, to laud, to commend".... [more]
LEFIATHANmWelsh
Welsh form of Leviathan.
LENNISf & mWelsh
A welsh name that can be used on both boys, girls and everyone inbetween.
LEWYSmWelsh
Welsh form of Lewis.
LILWENfWelsh
Combination of the Welsh elements lili "lily" and gwen "white; fair; blessed".
LLEUDADDmWelsh (Archaic)
Meaning uncertain. The first element of this name might perhaps be etymologically related to Lleu.... [more]
LLINORfWelsh
Welsh form of Eleanor, possibly via Lenore. This name has only been in use since the 20th century.
LLIOfWelsh
Originally a diminutive of Gwenllian, now sometimes used independently. The 15th-century Welsh poet Dafydd Nanmor sang poems to a girl called Llio. It was revived in the early 20th century.
LLIONmWelsh
Derived from the name of Caerleon, a legendary Welsh giant and king, whose name is derived from Welsh caer "(Roman) fortress" (ultimately from Latin castrum) and legionum "of the Legions"... [more]
LLYWARCHmMedieval Welsh, Welsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the hypothetic old Celtic name *Lugumarcos meaning "horse of Lugus", derived from the name of the Celtic god Lugus combined with Welsh march "horse", but perhaps the first element is Welsh llyw "leader"... [more]
LWSIFFERmWelsh
Welsh form of Lucifer.
LYNmWelsh
Diminutive of Llewlyn.
LYNFAfWelsh
Probably an elaborated form of the popular name syllable Lyn, using the suffix fa (perhaps from names such as Gwynfa or Meirionfa, in which it may be derived from Welsh fa "place").
LYNWENfWelsh
Combination of the popular name element Lyn, from the name Lynette, and the Welsh name element gwen "white; fair; blessed". This name has occasionally been used in Wales from the early 20th century onwards.
MABLIfWelsh
Welsh form of Mabel. It was coined circa 1900.
MAELGWNmWelsh
Means "hound prince" from Welsh mael "prince" and cwn "hounds, wolves" (plural of ci). This was the name of a 6th-century king of Gwynedd (an ancient kingdom of Wales) mentioned in several Welsh legends.
MAELOGmWelsh
Derived from Welsh mael "prince".
MAELONAfWelsh (Rare)
Feminine form of Maelon.
MAIfWelsh (Rare)
Welsh form of May as well as a direct adoption of Welsh mai "(month of) May".
MALmWelsh
Diminutive of Maldwyn.
MEDENIfWelsh (Rare)
Derived from Welsh Medi "September" (originally "to reap, mow, crop") and geni "to be born".
MEDIf & mWelsh
Means "September" in Welsh.
MEFUSfWelsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh mefus "strawberries".
MEICmWelsh
Welsh form of Mike.
MEILIRmWelsh
Variant of Meilyr.
MEILYRmWelsh, Medieval Welsh
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include a derivation from Welsh Mai "May (the month)" and Llyr.
MEIRIONFAfWelsh
Feminine form of Meirion, the Welsh name of the county of Merioneth. Other feminine forms are Meiriona and Meirionwen.
MELANGELLfWelsh
Allegedly means "sweet angel", from Welsh mel "honey" and angel. According to folklore, the early Welsh saint Melangell is known as the patron saint of small creatures because she sheltered a hare from the hounds of Prince Brochwel Ysgythrog during his hunting expedition.
MELERIfWelsh
Combination of the intensifying prefix my- and Eleri. Saint Meleri was a daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog who married Ceredig ap Cunedda and became the grandmother of Saint David.
MENAIfWelsh (Rare)
Locational name from the Menai Strait (Afon Menai), a river-like section of sea which separates the island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) from the Welsh mainland. 'Menai' is probably connected to the name of the island, but the meanings of both are unknown... [more]
MENNAfWelsh, Frisian, East Frisian
Variant of Mena in countries where that name is used (i.e., Germany, Netherlands, Mena being a German/Dutch diminutive of various names beginning with Mein, such as Meinhild, where the meaning is "strength"), but Menna is also used regularly in Wales in modern times... [more]
MERCHERmWelsh
Welsh form of Mercurius (see Mercury).
MEREDUDDmWelsh (Rare, Archaic)
Variant of Maredudd, the usual Welsh form of Meredith.
MINIVERfCornish, Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Anglicized form of Menfre, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Menfre, born c.471, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog. 'St. Menfre appears to have been active in Wales, around Minwear, near Haverfordwest, in Dyfed but, later, left her native land in order to evangelise the Cornish.' The early use of the name was in Cornwall where it appears to be a regional form of Guinevere... [more]
MORFUDDfWelsh, Medieval Welsh
From Welsh mawr "great" and budd "wealth". In Welsh legend Morfudd was the twin sister of Sir Owain and the daughter of King Urien by Modron. It was also borne by a love interest of the 14th-century poet Dafydd ap Gwilym... [more]
MORLAISmWelsh
From the name of a river in Wales, derived from Welsh môr "sea" and llais "voice". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
MORYSmWelsh
From the Latin Mauricius.
MYFIfWelsh
Short form of Myfanwy.
MYFINAfWelsh (Rare)
Elaboration of Myfi.
NANWfWelsh
Welsh diminutive of Ann.
NICLASmWelsh
Welsh variant of Nicholas.
NWYVREfWelsh (Modern)
From the poetic Middle Welsh word nwyfre meaning "sky, heaven, firmament" and "ether, quintessence", derived from nwyf "energy, vigour". This is a recently coined Welsh name.
OSIANmWelsh Mythology, Welsh
Osian is a Welsh male given name, derived from the Irish legendary poet and warrior Oisín. The name is derived from the Irish for 'little deer'. Osian was the 36th most popular baby boy's name in Wales in 2011.
OSWALLTmWelsh
Welsh variant of Oswald.
PAWLmWelsh
Welsh form of Paulus (see Paul).
PENNANTmWelsh
Place name from Cwm Pennant and transferred use of the surname Pennant.
PENRYmWelsh
Derived from Welsh ap Henry meaning "son of Henry".
PHYLIPmWelsh
Welsh form of Philip.
PÏWSmWelsh
Welsh form of Pius.
PRIDDYmWelsh
Welsh diminutive of Meredith.
PRYSmWelsh
Meaning, "son of Rhys."
RHAINmMedieval Welsh, Welsh
From Welsh rhain meaning "stiff" or "stretched out", sometimes interpreted as "spear". This was borne by a son of the legendary 5th-century king Brychan Brycheiniog, and by a 9th-century king of Dyfed.
RHIANNfWelsh (Rare), English (British, Rare)
Although Rhiann is first and foremost a short form of the name Rhiannon, it is sometimes associated with Welsh rhiain "maiden".
RHIANWENfWelsh
Combination of Welsh rhiain "maiden" (compare Rhian) and gwen "white; fair; blessed".
RHIDIANmWelsh
Possibly a derivative of Old Welsh rudd "red", in which case it is a cognate of Ruadhán. This was the name of an early Welsh saint, remembered in the parish and village of Llanrhidian on Gower.
RHIONm & fWelsh
As a masculine name, this is a modern Welsh form of Ryan, or a masculine form of Rhian, coined from Welsh rhi "leader".... [more]
RHIWALLONmWelsh
Welsh form of the old Celtic name *Rigovellaunos, perhaps meaning "most kingly" or "lord-ruler" (from rhi and gwallon). This name belongs to several characters in the Welsh 'Triads' (11th- to 14th-c.), including a son of Urien "who fought against the Saxons and enjoyed a number of victories"... [more]
RHOBATmWelsh
Variant of Robat.
RHOBERTmWelsh
Welsh form of Robert.
RHODDfWelsh (Rare)
Allegedly directly taken from Welsh rhodd "gift, present".
RHOSWENfWelsh
Derived from the Welsh elements rhos "rose" (cf. Rhosyn) and gwen "white, pure, holy, fair".
RHOYSmWelsh
Welsh form of Roy.
RHYDIANmWelsh
Variant of Rhidian.
ROBATmWelsh
Welsh form of Robert.